TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter One: Rome Overview 4
  • Rome in Focus 5
  • A Brief History of Rome 7
  • Rome’s Language, People and Culture 13
  • Chapter Two: Travel Essentials 17
  • Visa and Passport Requirements 18
  • Chapter Three: Getting In and Around Rome 33
  • Chapter Four: Hotels and Accommodations 41
  • 1. The Centro – Storico 43
  • 2. Tridente 45
  • 3. Via Veneto and Villa Borghese 47
  • 4. Monti and the Celian Hill 49
  • 5. Testaccio and the Aventine Hill 51
  • 6. Trastevere 53
  • 7. Prati 55
  • 8. Ostia 57
  • 9. Campo de’ Fiori and the Ghetto 59
  • 10. Vatican City 61
  • Chapter Five: Dining in Rome 63
  • 1. Cucina Romana 64
  • 2. Pizza 66
  • 3. Fine Dining 68
  • 4. Jewish Classics 69
  • 5. Street Food 70
  • 6. Gelato and Pastries 71
  • 7. Coffee/ Café Bars 73
  • 8. Wine and Cocktails 74
  • 9. Cheeses and Meats 76
  • 10. European Cuisines 77
  • Chapter Six: Tourist Spots in Rome 79
  • 1. Roman Forum (Foro Romano) 81
  • 2. Ostia Antica 83
  • 3. The Pantheon 86
  • Entrance to the Pantheon is free! Make the most out of it! 87
  • 4. Palatine Hill (Palatino) 88
  • 5. Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) 90
  • 6. The Spanish Steps (Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti) 92
  • 7. Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana) 94
  • 8. Pyramid of Cestius 96
  • 9. Ancient Appian Way (Via Appia Antica) 98
  • 10. The Colosseum (Colosseo) 101
  • Chapter Seven: Churches in Rome 105
  • 1. St. Peter’s Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano) 107
  • 2. St. John Lateran (San Giovanni in Laterano) 109
  • 3. Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore 111
  • 4. St. Peter in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli) 113
  • 5. Santa Maria sopra Minerva 114
  • 6. Santa Maria del Popolo 116
  • 7. San Clemente 117
  • 8. Santa Maria in Cosmedin 119
  • 9. Santa Maria in Trastevere 121
  • 10. Santa Sabina 122
  • Chapter Eight: Museums in Rome 125
  • 1. Museum of the Ara Pacis 126
  • 2. Borghese Gallery 128
  • 3. Capitoline Museums 130
  • 4. Centrale Montemartini 132
  • 5. Doria Pamphilj Gallery 134
  • 6. Maxxi Museum 136
  • 7. Museum and Crypt of the Capuchins 137
  • 8. Museo della Civiltà Romana 139
  • 9. Palazzo Altemps 140
  • 10. Palazzo Massimo alle Terme 142
  • Chapter Nine: Nightlife in Rome 145
  • 1. Piazza Navona and Via della Pace 146
  • 2. San Lorenzo 148
  • 3. Campo de Fiori 150
  • Open Baladin 151
  • Coda di Gallo 151
  • 4. Trastevere 152
  • 5. Piazza Montvecchio 154
  • 6. Piazza delle Copelle 156
  • 7. Monte Testaccio 158
  • 8. Piazza degli Aurunci 160
  • 9. EUR District 162
  • 10. Piazza Bologna 164
  • Chapter Ten: Off – Beaten Path in Rome 167
  • 1. Calcata 168
  • 2. Tivoli: Villa d’Este 170
  • 3. Villa Gregoriana 172
  • 4. Anzio 174
  • 5. Genzano 175
  • 6. Lago della Duchessa 177
  • 7. Lago del Turano 178
  • 8. Allumiere 179
  • 9. Cerveteri 180
  • 10. Gladiator Schools 182
  • Quick Travel Guide 185
  • 1. Rome Quick Facts 186
  • 2. Transportation 187
  • 3. Travel Essentials 188
  • Rome Highlights 190
  • PHOTO REFERENCES 195
  • REFERENCES 207

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